May 5, 2015

Felix Brych and Svein Oddvar Moen in charge of Europa League Semifinals First Legs

German Felix Brych and Norway's Svein Oddvar Moen have been appointed to referee the first legs of UEFA Europa League's Semifinals Sevilla-Fiorentina and Napoli-Dnipro respectively. 



07 May 2015, 20:45 CET
Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Sevilla (Spain)
Sevilla FC - ACF Fiorentina
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Achmüller (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Faolan (IRL)

07 May 2015, 20:45 CET
Stadio San Paolo, Napoli (Italy)
SSC Napoli - FC Dnipro
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Svein Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Jānis Mežeckis (LVA)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

87 Comments:

  1. Felix Brych was totally expected for this match. A very good performance at Real - Atletico gave him the ticket for this match.

    Moen had some weaknesses at Barcelona - PSG but probably the fact that the duel was decided, made UEFA to trust him again.

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    1. I agree, expected and deserved appointment for Brych, the first appearance in Europa League this season. Very strange to point out that in the last 4 seasons, he got only 3 EL appointments: the final one year ago and a match in 2011-12 round of 32. There should be a reason for that, he is the only Elite referee who never officiates in this tournament.

      About Moen, yes Barcelona - PSG was not a very good performance but we must also consider the background, I think that a focus on Moen in a certain way was already planned by committee for this season, as now he has to make the crucial step, considering also the fact that he was a candidate for WC and very likely he will attend Euro 2016. This is his first EL semifinal appointment, in my opinion the match allows this choice.

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  2. Anonymous5/5/15 10:19

    Second Legs now not many options.... Collum, Skomina, Velasco, maybe a surprise and we see Thomson?

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    1. Anonymous5/5/15 10:52

      Thomson? Sorry...

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  3. OT:

    Clattenburg will in all likelihood take charge of a semi next week; he is teamed with Messrs Beck and Collin this weekend.

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  4. In this case one of the "unwritten" rules will be broken:

    Either a referee who had a team in the quarterfinal will referee the same team again in the semis, or both referees for the same match (first and second legs) are coming from the same nation. I don't think we'll see him in Dnipro-Napoli, but you never know.

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  5. I believe we will have Clattenburg, Mazic, Çakır, Eriksson, Velasco and Skomina for the last 6 games. Çakır and Mazic for the finals, Eriksson and Clattenburg for Cl semis, Velasco and Skomina for El semis.

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    1. Not Mazic after Madrid. And not Skomina.

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    2. Anonymous6/5/15 11:39

      Michael, it will not be only in your dreams. :)

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  6. Viktor Kassai is again injured after 1 match in Hungary :(

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    1. Very sorry to hear that :/ Hoping that he will recover soon.

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    2. Anonymous5/5/15 20:19

      Do you know what exactly happened?

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    3. He has problems with his waist.

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  7. Anonymous5/5/15 19:30

    Skomina got 8.0 in Brugge-Dnipro and he is not considered anymore for this season.

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    1. In the official report?

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    2. Anonymous5/5/15 19:53

      Yes.

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    3. Anonymous5/5/15 20:05

      in your dreams. There is no way you know what is written in official report. Expecially the mark given to referee.

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    4. Anonymous5/5/15 20:51

      You can know the mark if you know the referee, or you know people knowing the referee. It is not a deep secret.

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    5. Anonymous5/5/15 20:51

      There are sources everywhere. Besides, I don't know why I should answer to you. You don't have to believe.

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    6. I can't believe that the official report has leaked. Non of team Skomina would take such a huge risk.

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    7. Anonymous5/5/15 21:44

      Skomina got 8.3 in Brugge, so don't talk a shit...

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    8. Whatever. I would not rule Skomina out of next week. He is one of the last options.
      Though: If the 8.3 is true, I wonder which match Monsieur Layec has watched in Brugge, to be honest.

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    9. At this stage and with limited options, I agree with Niclas. Skomina shouldn't be out of next week.

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    10. IMO Kralovec, Collum and Velasco would be better choices. Skomina was, in my eyes, weak in Brugge and did not show the necessary motivational attitude towards that match. Therefore I think appointing him for a semifinal in this year would make little sense. But.....formally he is an option.

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    11. Anonymous6/5/15 15:54

      But why couldn't he get similar treatment as Atkinson? After all, Skomina is a better referee! Same apply to Kuipers. Or as usual, it is about 'media reaction'?

      mtl_champs_maybenextyear

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  8. Anonymous5/5/15 20:08

    You think that people don't talk to each other? It's not nuclear codes btw ...

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  9. Anonymous5/5/15 21:48

    For me Skomina is a clear candidate for semifinal EL..

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    1. Anonymous6/5/15 08:46

      Skomina finished the international saison.

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    2. Anonymous6/5/15 09:26

      I am quite sure that you are wrong, but we will see, soon;)

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  10. Anonymous5/5/15 22:08

    You forgot for Kralovec?

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  11. Anonymous6/5/15 08:38

    The answer is quite easy for Skomina. If his marks this year were good, he is an option for the semifinal, but not obligatory, as he is forming new team this year. I expect more in the next year from him.

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  12. Kuipers has a match in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday afternoon (all matches are played at the same time in the last two rounds), so I think it is quite unlikely that he appears on Tuesday evening in München (if that was likely at all... ;-) ). Or does it happen more often that a referee has two matches in a relatively short period of time?

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    1. It happens only with Spanish referees, appointed very often two days before (or after) an international match. However, I'm sure we wont see Kuipers again.

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    2. Anonymous6/5/15 19:52

      After his desaster in the last match please no Kuipers.

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    3. Chefren, it is not usual a Spanish referee has a match only two days before international referees. Later it is usual, specially this year with Mateu Lahoz

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  13. Giuseppe6/5/15 10:19

    Kuipers not for Bayern-Barça.
    My new predictions: Bayern-Barça, Eriksson
    Real-Juve, Clattenburg
    Fiorentina-Sevilla, Kuipers
    Dnipro-Napoli, Velasco

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  15. DFB Cup Final in Berlin
    Borussia Dortmund - VfL Wolfsburg
    Referee: Felix Brych
    Assistants: Mark Borsch, Stefan Lupp
    4th Official: Robert Hartmann

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  16. According to Former FIFA referee Ahmet Çakar, Cüneyt Çakır has been confirmed for CL final, while Milorad Mazic for EL final.

    Source:
    http://www.haberbiz.com/cuneyt-cakir-icin-buyuk-iddia/h128296

    Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/ahmetcakar1/status/595889820817317888

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    1. Anonymous7/5/15 19:06

      Also it is written that Barca vs Real in UCL final and Napoli vs Sevilla in UEL final ? Skomina and Erikson?

      https://twitter.com/ahmetcakar1/status/595892965622558720

      What does it mean?

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    2. Anonymous7/5/15 20:44

      Fourth Officials... UCL: Ref: Cüneyt Çakır, 4th: Eriksson, UEL: Ref: Milorad Mazic, 4th: Skomina.
      Ahmet Çakar is a very close with Şenes Erzik and Jaap Uilenberg.

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    3. Anonymous7/5/15 20:52

      Yes, very, very...
      http://www.futborsa.com.tr/haber/20/19106/ahmet-cakardan-cuneyt-cakira-mujde-sampiyonlar-ligi-finali---.html
      http://www.haberturk.com/spor/futbol/haber/1074533-ahmet-cakar-sampiyonlar-ligi-finali-cuneyt-cakirin
      http://www.aksam.com.tr/spor/futbol/ahmet-cakar-sampiyonlar-ligi-finali-cuneyt-cakirin/haber-403634

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    4. I can't believe that UEFA is too sloppy.

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    5. Anonymous8/5/15 09:01

      Well, we have heard rumors before and maybe this one is true, maybe not. Cakir has had a good season so he is one (of a few) that would be a worthy final referee. Let us wait and see what happens. If I was Cakir, however, I would be very upset with Cakar making these public statements...

      /Swedish observer

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    6. If it is true, that these four names are already fixed for the finals, it could mean, that they are not planned for the semifinal second legs. That would leave more or less only Clattenburg, Collum, Kralovec and Kuipers for next week.

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  17. Anonymous7/5/15 22:04

    Not given penalty by Brych (he blew for half-time instead)

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    1. Not a penalty IMO.

      However team Brych missed a penalty for Fiorentina around min. 30.

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    2. Well, if the first half was over, it cannot be a penalty anyway. And I think he finished it just before the tackling, what of course is an unlucky decision.

      In 30', I think, the fouled player Salah was in an offside position.

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    3. Anonymous8/5/15 03:40

      Did he miss a penalty for fiorentina in second half when the score was 3-0?

      I watched starting min. 70 and I was wondering if he had an issue with fiorentina players? He seemed too lenient on one side and too strict on the other!

      Given rough/tough play he was allowing against fiorentina players, there was an 'incredible' situtation near the field center when banega (sev) stopped playing when a fiorentina player just touched his shoulder. Not consistent at all!

      His way of refereeing seemed 'too much compatible' with the indeed rough way of playing of sevilla. Surprising performance!

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    4. Anonymous8/5/15 10:56

      Handling of cards was also consistently imbalanced, especially when compared with the number of fouls on both sides

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    5. Well I am observing Brych's sloppy way to finish first halves or even the match for years. It is always like that: He slows down his movement, his body tension vanishes, his arms start to slop around and then he blows with some delay for the half time or the end of the game with his head slightly down.... IMO yesterday this became a problem in 45'. Stay concentrated before the match, during the match and even shortly before the half-time whistle...furthermore I can't understand why he finished the first half in that moment...yes the attacker did not fully hit the ball for the shot on goal, but he should have waited for the clearance of the ball IMO.

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    6. Anonymous8/5/15 12:06

      I completely agree that it was a very unlucky moment. Nevertheless, I have to point out that it can´t be evaluated as mistake thus the LOTG back him: The match has to be finished when time is over except there has a penalty to be shoot. In this case, there was no Penalty BEFORE he whistled for half-time but seconds AFTER. Therefore, no mistake but bad tactical behaviour.

      Regards
      Phil

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  18. Not the best performance of Brych, tonight!!

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    1. Anonymous8/5/15 14:15

      I agree. He looked not interested in this match. Why?

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  19. Anonymous7/5/15 22:49

    Kim Thomas Haglund (AR1) with a blatant and also crucial mistake in Napoli - Dnipro prior the 1-1 equalizer of Dnipro. Both attaquers in a quite clear offside position...

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  20. Anonymous7/5/15 23:08

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1INlxyFeik

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  21. In my opinion, poor performance by Moen who committed some mistakes in foul detection (the same happened in Barcelona - PSG) and he was too lenient. Especially in first half, rough play was allowed. The first card came really too late. This style was not suitable in this match. In second half, I think that the performance by Moen was better but the big issue was the offside goal. You can't miss such situation. Apart from that, Haglund had other problems: too early offside flags and a not good use of "wait and see" technique in at least two situations. If you remember, he had already one problem in Monaco with a wrong offside flag.

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    1. Well I dare to ask what UEFA's observers then observed in Monaco and Barcelona. In both performances our observers found clear systematical problems with foul detection and a consistent line in the assessment of the level of punishment. So...is it surprising that the same occurred in Napoli-Dnipro?

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  22. Now it is sure that we won't see Kuipers in CL semi-finals: his match from coming weekend in the Dutch Eredivisie has been moved from Sunday afternoon to Monday evening (he is still officiating this match with his regular assistants).

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  23. Napoli's president attacks UEFA and Platini for Dnipro's offside goal.

    http://www.thesirenssong.com/2015/5/8/8570143/napoli-dnipro-2015-europa-league-offside-goal-de-laurentiis-livid-uefa

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    1. Really inappropriate comments here. (Although I didn't watch the match) It seems as though Moen had some inconsistencies, though the performance was not terrribly poor, and there was one poor crucial error from AR1. These comments are really rather unfair (labeling Moen unknown and UEFA incompetent). Hopefully we will see some sanctions for this. I am truly tired of Coach's and owners making such inappropriate comments. I understand his anger, but to suggest that Moen is unqualified for such a match and that Platini should not remain in his position is a severe overreaction.

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    2. Anonymous8/5/15 17:15

      To be honest, I am also truly tired of how much Moen is overrated by UEFA. This guy is always mediocre in his games, never shines and makes many stupid, minor-but-annoying, mistakes. UEFA seems to be blind appointing him for EL semifinal. It was a really poor decision taking into account Moen's campaign and also previous seasons. Both Královec and Collum would be much better, more mature, choices...

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    3. Two players of Dnipro were clearly in offside, and the cross was so slow that is impossible no one saw anything. In the first half Napoli's players were stopped many times in offside, sometimes without reason.UEFA lost any respect after this

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    4. Please try to view again the goal and you'll realize that something wrong and weird happened

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    5. Two players of Dnipro were clearly in offside, and the cross was so slow that is impossible no one saw anything. In the first half Napoli's players were stopped many times in offside, sometimes without reason.UEFA lost any respect after this

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    6. With respect Marco, one poor decision is not enough to criticize the entire UEFA organisation!. Mistakes are made all the time, and even though this is a poor error, this doesnt mean that UEFA can be called incompetent.

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  24. Really tough situation from MLS:
    http://www.proreferees.com/news-play-of-the-week-2015-week-9.php

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  25. Anonymous9/5/15 13:16

    How does Moen's performance affect the chances of Velasco Carballo of refeering the return leg?

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    1. Anonymous9/5/15 14:53

      Can't make it worse than Moen and Haglund

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    2. I personally think Velasco is nailed-on for the return leg.

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    3. Anonymous9/5/15 15:16

      I asked because of Napoli's president statement. The appointment of a spanish referee would make him quite unhappy, and then maybe UEFA prefers not to have trouble and appoint another one...

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    4. Anonymous9/5/15 15:20

      You are right, UEFA must consider that Sevilla is there.

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    5. Are UEFA going to seriously doubt the integrity of Velasco Carballo?

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    6. Anonymous9/5/15 16:00

      It is not about Velasco's integrity, which should be completely out of doubt for everyone. But if they had not appointed the referee by the time those statements were made, maybe they wish not to have trouble and not appoint Velasco just for, as we say here in Spain, "not to throw more wood to the fire". My question was that, if UEFA would change their mind if they had thought about a spaniard for that match in order to prevent new aggressive statements like those made.

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    7. Due to the fact, that Sevilla is in the other semi, IMO it was impossible since the draw that Velasco could referee Dnipro-Napoli. That is a basic appointment rule, that I don't remember to be broken by UEFA in recent years.

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    8. Anonymous9/5/15 16:40

      Who said that Velasco had this match?

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    9. Philipp is right. UEFA never broke that rule in a 2nd leg appointment.

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    10. Ah, Understood. Thanks.

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    11. Anonymous9/5/15 17:14

      This appointment is made more unlikely by the fact that Undiano had the last match of Dnipro at home, so another Spanish this time in Kiev? Not possible.
      Which Elite referee can get this match?

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    12. Anonymous9/5/15 18:02

      I think we see a Czech-Slovakian-Slovenian refereeing Thursday next week.

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  26. Anonymous9/5/15 13:18

    http://www.dagbladet.no/2015/05/08/sport/fotball/dommere/terje_hauge/39085947/

    Terje Hauge: "The offside was not easy to detect. Apart from that, a very good performance by Moen."

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    1. Anonymous9/5/15 20:54

      I think the AA view was focused on the first attacker and didn't know with 100% sure the position of the second attacker! In case of doubt...

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    2. But the first attacker was in active offside. He tried to shoot and almost hit the ball, distracted the goalkeeper and covered to the defenders the ball that arrived to the other Dnipro player that was also in offside and scored. There are no excuses for such a clear mistake. Considering that in the first half he was always ready to call offside to Napoli, also making some mistakes.

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  27. Anonymous10/5/15 07:52

    Predictions just some hours before the first appointment is released:

    Bayern-Barcelona: KUIPERS
    Real-Juventus: ERIKSSON

    Fiorentina - Sevilla: COLLUM
    Dnipro - Napoli: MAZIC

    UEL final: CLATTENBURG - 4O ATKINSON
    UCL final: CAKIR - 4O ERIKSSON

    Regards
    Freekick

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  28. Anonymous10/5/15 21:40

    Skomina semi EL confirmed...

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